Sunday, March 13, 2011
Japan's Nikkei average tumbled over 5 percent at one point on Monday as investors shifted to safer assets following after Friday's massive earthquake and tsunami, with the long-term impact uncertain as nuclear disaster looms.
The Nikkei fell 8 percent in the first five days after the 1995 earthquake that devastated Kobe and its vicinity. But it rose 5 percent during the next 10 days, therefore history suggests that this earthquake will not likely derail the whole economy.
Residents handed out candy and sweets, one resident saying the joy "is a natural response to the harm settlers inflict on the Palestinian residents in the West Bank."
[Is it really possible that hatred can run this deep in an entire community? This same Gaza hellhole also celebrated the carnage of 9/11.]
Al-Qaeda has launched a women's magazine that mixes beauty and fashion tips with advice on suicide bombings.
Dubbed 'Jihad Cosmo', the glossy magazine's front cover features the barrel of a sub-machine gun next to a picture of a woman in a veil.
The slick, 31-page Al-Shamikha magazine - meaning The Majestic Woman - has advice for singletons on 'marrying a mujahideen'.
MANAGING THE NARRATIVE: ABC, CBS, MSNBC, NBC and NPR Ignore Death Threats to Wisconsin Republicans. Disgraceful, but they’re no longer the least bit ashamed to be in the tank.
WASHINGTON EXAMINER: Union mobocracy drowns out democracy in Wisconsin. “Worst of all, many credible death threats were received by Republican legislators and are now being investigated by Wisconsin law enforcement authorities. Union mobocracy is what we get with gangster government, whether it’s practiced in Washington, D.C., a state capital, or the county where you live.”
'Battle: LA' Brings in $36M, Tops Box Office
March 13, 2011: In this film publicity image released by Columbia Pictures, Aaron Eckhart is shown in a scene from "Battle: Los Angeles."
NEW YORK-- After invading Los Angeles, aliens have taken the box office, too.
The sci-fi action film "Battle: Los Angeles" topped the weekend box office with a strong debut of $36 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. The film stars Aaron Eckhart as a veteran soldier leading a platoon of Marines in combat against invading extraterrestrials.
Obama 'Willing to bet' responsible gun owners would support laws keeping guns from dangerous criminals
Pakistan: Islamic Clerics Protest Women Wearing Padded Bras as 'Devil’s Cushions'
The Council of Islamic Ideology in Pakistan has protested the use of padded and colourful bras by Muslim women, and recommended that Pakistani Muslim researchers should try to invent an innerwear that makes female assets unnoticeable.
The council held a meeting late February in light of the protests held last month by the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI) and other religious parties against the increasing import and eventual use of padded and colourful bras, Roznama Jawani reports.
http://www.subspacecomms.com/content/2011/03/12/anthropology-star-trek-fandom-survey-results-areAnthropology of Star Trek Fandom Survey -- The Results Are In!
By Daryl G. Frazetti | March 12, 2011 - 10:29 pm
- Females : 57% Males 43% , primarily single, over 40, and fairly well educated – all results from some of the basic demographics.
Nuclear Experts Explain Worst-Case Scenario at Fukushima Power Plant
The type of accident occurring now in Japan derives from a loss of offsite AC power and then a subsequent failure of emergency power on site. Engineers there are racing to restore AC power to prevent a core meltdown.
Featuring a tauter skin and a more powerful engine than the last-gen ol' and busted 6 Series, the new 2012 BMW 6 Series Coupe is a nice way to whet your whistle before the new M6.
Although with a 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 under the hood producing 400 HP and 450 lb-ft of torque, the new 6 Series Coupe is no slouch. The engine can be paired with your choice of either an eight-speed auto tranny equipped with flappy paddles or a six-speed manny tranny — each capable of motivating the big ol' 6 Series from 0 to 60 in a mere 4.8 seconds all the way up to the top electronically limited speed of 155 mph.
THINGS THEY THINK YOU’RE BETTER OFF NOT KNOWING: Video of Friday’s slaying of Jews by Palestinians banned by YouTube and Facebook.
TSA airport body scanners have 10X radiation
The Transportation Security Administration announced Friday that it would retest every full-body X-ray scanner that emits ionizing radiation — 247 machines at 38 airports — after maintenance records on some of the devices showed radiation levels 10 times higher than expected.
Japan races to avert multiple nuclear meltdowns...
Injecting seawater into overheated reactors at Fukushima...
Another hydrogen explosion possible...
Cooling systems at six reactors have failed...
Emergency declared at second nuke plant...
KYODO: Cooling system pump at Tokai No. 2 stops working...
Evacuation zones widened -- again...
NUKE DESIGNER: Gov't supressing info...
CLAIM: Fallout no threat to other nations...
Good for O. This was one of my favorite grips about Bush. He never fired anyone. Hope O can be this decisive in other matters.
Breaking: WH ousts Crowley from State
It didn’t take long for the White House to react to P. J. Crowley’s bizarre decision to turn the State Department into a Pentagon oversight bureau. Ed Henry reports that Crowley’s packing his bags:
P.J. Crowley is abruptly stepping down as State Department spokesman under pressure from White House officials because of controversial comments he made last week about the Bradley Manning case, CNN has learned from senior officials familiar with the matter.
Voting "present" may be a responsible move for a legislator genuinely undecided about which way to go. But an executive voting "present" is choosing a course with consequences whether he likes it or not.
"The buck stops here," said the sign on the desk of the 33rd president, Harry Truman, who was quick to make decisions -- sometimes too quick. The 44th president's tendency seems to be something like the opposite.
Quake victim rescued ten miles off coast
Hiromitsu Shinkawa was pushed out to sea while he clung to the roof of his home after a tsunami swept away his wife. For two days, he drifted off Japan’s northeastern coast, trying to get the attention of helicopters and ships that passed by — to no avail.
Finally, on Sunday, a Japanese military vessel spotted the 60-year-old waving a red cloth. He was about 15 kilometers (about 10 miles) offshore from the earthquake-ravaged city of Minamisoma, said Yoshiyuki Kotake, a Defense Ministry spokesman.
It was not immediately clear if the eruption was a direct result of the massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake that rocked northern areas Friday, unleashing a fierce tsunami and sparking fears that more than 10,000 may have been killed.
The 1,421-metre (4,689-feet) Shinmoedake volcano in the Kirishima range saw its first major eruption for 52 years in January. There had not been any major activity at the site since March 1.
Santa Cruz and Crescent City appear to be the two California ports that were hit hardest. Officials estimated the damage in Santa Cruz at $17 million. Harbor master Lisa Ekers told the Santa Cruz Sentinel that 17 ships were sunk and up to 50 others were damaged.
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March 19 'Supermoon' May Cause Moonquakes, Scientist Says
There’s a supermoon on the rise next week. And according to Internet buzz, it’ll bring a scary surge in natural disasters around the globe.
No way, Jose: Numerous scientists have reassured the public that there's absolutely no correlation between disturbances on Earth and this rare lunar phase.
But the moon itself? That's another story.
On March 19, Earth’s satellite will be at its closest point to our planet in 18 years -- a mere 356,577 kilometers away. The event -- also called a lunar perigee -- was dubbed a "supermoon" by astrologer Richard Nolle back in the 1970s. The term is used to describe a new or full moon at 90% or more of its closest orbit to Earth. Next week, it will be at 100%.
Nolle is responsible for coining the upcoming event, and he’s also responsible for the latest buzz sweeping the Internet about how the supermoon will affect the planet. On his website Astropro, Nolle warns Earth’s inhabitants to prepare themselves during the “supermoon risk window,” which ranges from March 16 – 22. During this time, Nolle claims there will be an increase in supreme tidal surges, magnitude 5 or higher earthquakes, and even volcanic activity.
The Dayton Police Department is lowering its testing standards for recruits.
It's a move required by the U.S. Department of Justice after it says not enough African-Americans passed the exam.
Under the previous requirements, candidates had to get a 66% on part one of the exam and a 72% on part two.
The D.O.J. approved new scoring policy only requires potential police officers to get a 58% and a 63%. That's the equivalent of an ‘F’ and a ‘D’.
Until the last cent is gone…
This may seem a strange way to start a column but that is essentially what the public employees unions (and most modern unions as well), Democrat politicians and the proto-communists in this country believe. Cost of government does not matter. Against all factual data, the latest meme from the left is that “we aren’t broke!” Budgets do not matter. How can they make his claim? It is because they truly believe that there will be funding until the last cent is gone and until the last person who has any ability to create value is taxed at a 100% rate. They assume that people will just continue to send in rubles “for the good of the country” and all they have to do is keep on spending. That is why they level such vitriol at the Tea Party because the basis of this movement is the antithesis of their beliefs.
Caroline Glick and Carl in Jerusalem draw attention to the video below depicting the massacre of the Fogel family on the West Bank this past Friday by Palestinian Arab terrorists. They note that YouTube and Facebook removed the video within two hours. Why?
Donald Douglas notes a void among the commentary compiled by Memeorandum here. Douglas also links to Melanie Phillips's post "And still Western 'liberals' support these people." Philips usefully recalls that the Palestinian Authority names squares after people like the butchers of the Fogel family, as well as the fact that Arab incitement is largely unreported by the Western media. As for the Obama administration, I'm afraid that silence would be an improvement over what it will have to offer.
Here is the background:
Islamic terrorists cut their way through a fence and entered the West Bank town of Itamar. They broke into a house and stabbed five Israelis to death--a father, mother and three children, aged 11, three and three months. In the photo below, a volunteer carries the body of the three-month-old infant out of the house where the murders took place:
State TV reports forces loyal to Libyan leader Qaddafi have retaken oil town of Brega, swiftly advancing on rebels
Painting of Chatsworth in the 18th century before it grew so very large. William Marlowe is the artist. Image Wikimedia Commons
The other day, we walked through fields and parkland in blowing winds to Chatsworth. It's a wonderful location.
“Tens of thousands” would “not exist”? There can’t be that many cowboy poets, can there? Oh, c’mon, don’t be naïve. Where there are taxpayer-funded cowboy poets, there must surely be cowboy-poetry festival administrators, and a Bureau of Cowboy-Poetry Festival Licensing, and cowboy-poetry festival administration grant-writers, and a Department of Cowboy Poetry Festival Administration Grant Application Processing, and Professors of Cowboy-Poetry Festival Educational Workshop Management at dozens of American colleges credentialing thousands of cowboy-poetry festival workshop coordinating majors every year."
A typical bathtub holds 40 gallons or so of water. That is 330 pounds. A cubic yard of it, filling what at first glance seems a modest volume of 3 feet by 3 feet by 3 feet, weighs nearly 1,700 pounds, as much as the Smart micro car.
And when water is moving at 30 or 40 miles an hour, like the tsunami that inundated northern Japan on Friday, the heaviness of water turns deadly. Imagine 1,700 pounds hitting you at that speed, and each cubic yard of water as another 1,700 pounds bearing down on you. The destructiveness of a tsunami is not just one runaway car, but a fleet of them.
If you’re a smartphone naysayer, here’s some news that might make you drink the Kool-Aid along with nearly half of Americans: of the 652 app applications submitted just to Apple every day, an increasing number of healthcare-related apps are starting to trickle in that could actually help save lives. An exciting example comes from the scientists at the Center for Systems Biology at Massachusetts General Hospital that have knocked it out of the park by integrating a microNMR device that accurately detects cancer cells to a smartphone. Though just a prototype, this device enables a clinician to extract small amounts of cells from a mass inside of a patient, analyze the sample on the spot, acquire the results in an hour, and pass the results to other clinicians and into medical records rapidly. How much does the device cost to make? $200. Seriously, smartphones just got their own Samuel L. Jackson-esque wallet.
Japan’s Ripple Effect. “We often tend to think of just-in-time as a method of production that was waiting for the clever Japanese to think of it. But in fact, just-in-time was also waiting for the speedy, reliable transportation links and the reliable infrastructure that made it possible. 99% of the time, it’s a great system. Now we see how resilient it can be when the black swans appear.”
ScienceDaily (Mar. 12, 2011) — Could the fabled lost city of Atlantis have been located? Using satellite photography, ground-penetrating radar and underwater technology, a team of experts (led by University of Hartford professor and archaeologist Richard Freund) has been surveying marshlands in Spain to look for proof of the ancient city. If the team can match geological formations to Plato's descriptions and date artifacts back to the time of Atlantis, we may be closer to solving one of the world's greatest mysteries.
A new National Geographic Channel documentary, Finding Atlantis, which will be broadcast nationally on Sunday, March 13, at 9 p.m. ET/PT, follows a team of American, Canadian, and Spanish scientists as they employ satellite space photography, ground penetrating radar, underwater archaeology, and historical sleuthing in an effort to find a lost civilization.
Twitter is full of praise for Japan's strong bridges and well-constructed buildings, which may well have saved "millions of lives." It's been reported that Tokyo Tower, an Eiffel-style building at the heart of the city, has suffered a bent tip, and fires have been reported sporadically throughout the city. Nevertheless, as one tweeter puts it, "Not one building in Tokyo collapses after biggest quake for 140yrs. A testament to Japanese engineering."
LATEST UPDATE: Japanese authorities race to combat the threat of multiple nuclear reactor meltdowns, as nearly 170,000 evacuate the quake and tsunami-ravaged area in fear of radiation exposure and police say more than 10,000 people may have already died
But when it comes to the largest purchase a typical consumer makes in a given year - the amount he or she spends on federal taxes - there's no detailed record of the transaction that comes with sending that check off to the IRS.
The federal government should explain exactly where each person's tax money goes. We need a taxpayer receipt.
Here's how it should work. After filing your taxes, you would receive an itemized receipt, by e-mail if you file electronically or by regular mail if you send in paper forms. The one-page document would cover major items such as defense, Social Security and interest on the debt. It would also include the address of a Web site that would offer more information on all federal spending, from salaries for members of Congress to Pell grants for higher education to the upkeep of national parks.
The Tokyo Tower is perhaps Japan's most iconic structure—a mammoth symbol of advanced modernity. And today's 9.0 magnitude quake rocked the 1,091 foot-tall steel tip completely crooked—what must be an unnerving reminder looming over Tokyo's residents.